‘Tough times’: Forest Service says logging will resume in 2019

Logging in Washington state’s forests for the second time in three years is expected to resume in the fall, after the forest service announced it would take back the vast majority of timber harvested in the state.

The agency announced in April it was suspending logging operations, clearing land for planting, and taking back some of the timber it had harvested.

It had been logging timber in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which covers parts of western North Carolina, for the past decade.

Forest Service spokesman Chris Nance said in a statement that logging would resume in autumn 2019 in the forest’s southeastern portion.

The Forest Service is working with the state Department of Natural Resources to assess the impact of the moratorium on the Great Spruce and Douglas Fir forests.

In June, the Forest Service reported that logging activity had dropped by 10 percent in a single year, from 1,000 to just 80,000 logs a day.

The agency’s annual report shows logging in Washington’s forests declined by 12 percent in 2019.

The announcement that logging will return to the Great White Great Smokies comes after years of uncertainty about whether the Forest, under the control of Gov.

Jay Inslee, would be allowed to continue logging.

Inslee and the state’s two Democratic senators have said they will support the restoration of logging in the parks.

Inshee said in December he had spoken with President Donald Trump and the president has asked Inslee to make the state safe for logging.

The president has been a vocal supporter of logging on federal lands.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Inslee said he was pleased that the Forest had made its decision.

“It’s been a difficult process, but we’re going to make sure the public has access to the information that’s available,” he said.

The federal Forest Service, which manages about 100 million acres of federal land in the U.S., said it would be releasing a plan to the public about logging operations and timber harvesting in the park.